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    August 10, 2013
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as into monday we are looking at wind gusts up to about 25 miles per hour. certainly like to see those win winds. >> all right, jennifer. thank you very much. really appreciate that. it's good to be back on the air so i could not talk about this. so everyone sit down and let's talk. for a long time and especially around the trayvon martin case everyone from the president to trayvon's parents have said we need to talk more honestly and openly about race in this country. then when we do some people go berserk saying, no. that is not the conversation we want to have. well, that's not being open nor honest, is it? if we're going to have those conversations, then we need to address all the issues that go with it, and part of that, the very first part, is personal responsibility. black folks, you cannot say that you own no part in some of the ills that plague our communities just as all white people can't
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say they have no responsibility either. it's not honest and it's not constructive. you cannot control the conversation nor call people names like racist because they may not share your view. nor can you constantly cast blame because then no one listens and nothing gets accomplished. more importantly, beyond discrimination, and beyond profiling, more lives are being snuffed out daily in our communities when our kids are shooting each other. it is a crisis. we are in a crisis. it is time now for no talking points. so tonight, no more excuses. in my last "no talking points" segment i suggested five things some of the black community could use to fix some of our own problems -- dress appropriately. stop using the "n" word. respect where you live. finish school. plan for a child or stop having them out of wedlock. these are by no means cures for racism or bigotry.
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yet the response was so overwhelming i was even asked about it on "the view." what i was saying was not how you end racism. i was saying self-empowerment. how you help yourself because you have to -- there are issues in the african-american community that go beyond white people. right? you can fix things yourself. >> so, to suggest that that conversation was about how to end racism is disingenuous at the very least and a deflection, because there are always things that we can do to help improve our own condition as individuals or a group. so i'm not going to make excuses by deflecting attention to a false narrative or equivalent. oh, well white people do this! i didn't do that last time on this subject and now two weeks later people are still talking about it. good. mission accomplished. russell simmons the hip hop mogul even wrote me an open letter and today i wrote him one back. i'll get to that in a second.
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most people understood what i meant and understand the concept of personal responsibility, personal determination, self-knowledge. but for those who don't, i'll let dr. king explain. >> i've come here tonight and plead with you. believe in yourself and believe that you're somebody. i said to the group last night nobody else can do this for us. no document can do this for us. no emancipation proclamation can do this for us. no civil rights field can do this for us. if the nug row egro is to be fr must move down to the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of
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self-assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation! [ applause ] >> again, not a a lesson on fixing, changing, or ending racism. the message is, self-awareness and getting your mind right. though a little bit more radical, malcolm x had the same message. >> the desegregation decisions and other type of legislation and supreme court decisions depends upon changing the white man's mind. the honorable elijah muhammad teaches us that our own mind has to be changed. we have to change our mind about ourselves. >> in what way? >> well, so he teaches us the importance of moral reformation, knowledge of self. the average so-called negro doesn't think he can go into business and provide jobs for himself and because of this thinks he can only get a job from the white man or only get clothes from the white man or can only get food from the white man. we follow the honorable elijah muhammad who taught that the same thing that the white man
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has done for himself and his kind, if our people could be -- if we could be cured, of our slave mentality that was indoctrinated into us during slavery we would realize that just as the white man can do these things for himself and his kind we can get together in unity and harmony and do the same thing for ourselves and our kind. >> no racism fix there or blame. just a suggestion on how to combat slave mentality. while you might think my five points are too simple, some of you, some of the world's most powerful people don't and said it more bluntly than i did. here's your first lady. >> when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can't be bothered. today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they're sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching tv. instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or business
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leader they're fantasizing about being a rapper. as my husband has said often, please, stand up and reject the slander that says a black child with a book is trying to act white. reject that. [ applause ] >> and then a more forceful tone at a black college commencement address, here is her husband, the president. >> we know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. and i have to say, growing up, i made quite a few myself. sometimes i wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. i had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is there's no longer any room for excuses.
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>> and even if you do all of the right things, and make a billion dollars like oprah, you will probably still face discrimination. welcome to life. however, the idea that discipline, respect, commitment, and education mean acting white is just ludicrous. what is acting black? bill cosby has a lot to say about that mindset and how to fix it. >> the more we see it in the neighborhoods, the more we will accept it that we can't help it. what we need to do is give people more of a confidence that they can, they must realize that the revolution is in their apartment now. the revolution is in their house, their neighborhood, and
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then they can fight strongly, clearly the systemic and institutional racism. >> and that brings me to russell simmons. russell, i'm glad you wrote the letter. honestly i really am. initially though i wasn't even going to respond. not because i think you completely missed the point, not because, like many of the other critics i thought you were just using the occasion as a promotion for one of your businesses, your website, but i wasn't going to address it because, quite honestly, it was hard to take you and it seriously after you called me derogatory names like slave on twitter. that accomplishes nothing. especially when lives are at stake. that said, i'm going to respond and i'm going to take the high road at the same time by not calling you names and simply addressing your points. just to be clear x befo, beforet here i have asked you on this program on cnn several times to discuss the issues i've
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addressed. i've invited you again tonight but you declined again. that is fine. don't throw stones and hide your hand. russell simmons, we are in a crisis right now and you of all people need to understand what i'm saying and understand what you're doing. because of what you do and who you are, you have much more influence on young people of all races than i do. so, first. you say i sound like conservative hosts or pulling strings writing, conservatives love when we blame ourselves for the conditions that have destroyed the fabric of the black community. my response is, you should take that up with a conservative or a liberal or someone who is concerned about political affiliation in this particular situation. that does not save lives. it shouldn't matter if someone is black, white, brown, purple, green, democrat, or republican. if the truth they speak is saving lives, then no matter their intentions or background, we should listen, attack the problem, not the messenger.
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you also write, i can't accept that you would single out black teenagers as the cause of their own demise because they don't speak the king's english or where belts around their waist bands. that really makes me question whether you even watch the segment or even wrote the letter yourself. because i never blamed anyone for their own demise. i never pinned it on any teenagers, on anybody. nor did i mention the king's english. i did, however, mention the "n" word. you also wrote, young people sagging their pants today is no different than young people rocking afros or platform shoes in the '60s and '70s. russell, afros came out of the struggle of the after american civil rights movement. the dashiki is a traditional form of african dress. sagging, russell, the hip hop
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community which you helped established dropped the g on the word that spelled backwards the word reads n-i-g-g-a-s. it was originally called wearing your pants rikers style. when you went in you turned in your belt. your shoe laces. and the only shirt the jail provided was a white double xlt-shirt. are you equating dressing like a criminal to african pride? are you saying it is okay to perpetuate the negative stereotype of young, black men as convicts, criminals, prisoners? how does that enhance their lives or society as a whole? i do give you, russell simmons, and some of the hip hop and rap community credit for trying to clean up your act. some like j. cole and kanye west are now rapping about social issues like the prison industrial complex. more of that, please. we welcome that. everyone does. you're not off the hook.
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finally you write in part, i want the black kids to grow up and be like you. i want them to know that their imagination is god inside of them. russell, i really appreciate that, but i don't want black kids or kids of any race to be just like me. i want them to grow up to be better than me. that's what my parents wanted for me. and their parents wanted for them. and as we approach the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, we should all realize that it's what those brave men and women who risked their lives for our freedom and equality wanted for us. they fought for us and generations to come to be better than them. not to be illiterate or deadbeat dads or criminals. we must stop the blame for things that we can change ourselves and, again, as the first african-american president of the united states says, no more excuses. nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination.
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and, moreover, you have to remember that whatever you've gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured, and they overcame them, and if they overcame them, you can overcome them, too. [ applause ] >> thank you, mr. president. that's tonight's "no talking points." up next the conversation continues with five suggestions for white people. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd.
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let's continue the conversation. five tips for african-americans prompted strong reactions even some outrage, anger, and shock. our next guest has five tips for white people to improve race relations or improve their conditions. antiracist activist and author tim weis joins us live from nashville. tim, man, i got a scathing e-mail from you. why were you so mad at me? >> i wasn't mad at you, man. i just think the words bill o'reilly didn't go far enough should never be uttered by anyone in this country let alone you. but that was my beef. >> my thing is there are many things bill o'reilly and i disagree on but this happens to be one subject where we agree on a few things. as i said don't shoot the messenger. attack the message. fix the message. so, listen. you've been on this program.
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did tim think this was the last conversation we were going to have about race? you had been on this program 23 times since 2009 and that's the time that our booking department alerted you not the times where i called you and personally asked you to be on the show. >> right. >> we've had many conversations about race. >> sure. >> run the gamut. so now let's have this conversation since people were, you know, like hey. what about -- why don't you talk about what white people can do? you say, stop dodging the issue by saying things like slavery was a long time ago. get over it. why? >> well that's the operative deflection the idea when we talk about racism we're automatically talking about the period of enslavement but when black and brown folks are talking about racism they're talking about now, stop and frisk, racial profiling, 2 million cases of housing discrimination a year. now even though we have fair housing laws. when white folks do this sort of like that was a long time ago it is inaccurate, disingenuous and really sort of inconsistent because frankly we love the pats
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when it makes us feel good. that is what july 4th is, the fireworks. the american revolution happened a long time ago. white folks aren't over that yet so we ought to at least understand history does matter and it continues into the present. >> okay. i know this is your life's work but i want to get through this. i only have a certain amount of time. to get to all five of them, you said assume people know their own lives better than you do. in other words, black folks aren't crazy when they say they get profiled. i had that argument. i'm sure you remember with a conservative radio host recently. go ahead. >> absolutely. that one is self-explanatory. >> okay. all right. good. stop saying you have a black friend as a get out of racism free card. >> right. the reality is, first of all, we say that. we're often times lying. we don't really. more importantly even if we have people of color in our lives it would be like a straight man saying he can't be sexist because he has a wife. who would make that argument, right? just because you have people who are close to you in a marginalized group doesn't mean that you don't carry any prejudice in the larger society. so that's not a get out of racism free card.
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that is just not a legitimate response to the claim of racial bias. >> confront the long legacy of white denial when it comes to racism. >> yeah. this is a really big one. the reality is i understand why white folks in 2013 might not see the problem but what's really scary is if you go back to 1962-1963 when we were still an apartheid country before civil rights laws had been passed between 2/3 and 90% of white americans in gallop polls at that time said that they thought black folks still had equal treatment in housing, employment, and schools. so i guess my challenge to white folks is, what does it say that even when racism was blatant we didn't see the problem? what does that mean for us now? if we didn't see it when it was blatant and we were wrong, and black and brown folks saw it and they were right, what makes us think that suddenly we've become really perceptive and they've lost their minds? that seems totally irrational to me. >> stop using statistics incorrectly to justify prejudice. i think that one of those is
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talking about we don't say white on white crime but we say black on black crime. >> right. >> we actually look at overall violent crime in the u.s. is coming down. it is still a crisis especially in minority communities. people are still killing each other. but you said stop using statistics incorrectly. >> right. what i mean is this. people have tried to rationalize racial profiling and stop and frisk in new york, for instance, by talking about the disproportionate crime rate in black communities. but the reality is that data cannot be used to justify general suspicion of all black folks in new york for instance out of the millions of stops that have been made less than 5% of the time is even a citation given let alone an arrest. less than 2% do they find drugs. less than 0.2% do they find weapons. the reality there is disproportionate crime in a certain community cannot be used to justify the kind of over generalization that racial profiling and stop-and-frisk have brought about in places like new york and around the country. >> it was hard for you to cut it down to five, wasn't it?
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>> yeah. i have like 80. so folks who want to find out more can check it out on the website or tweet me i guess. >> don't go anywhere. i want to bring in after the break the author of a book called "come on people. he knows all about the subject. we'll get his perspective after the break. could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. yep, everybody knows that.
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conversation but letting everybody have their say and we're listening. talk about why some people get so angry the second the word "race" enters a conversation. some black people and some white people just go berserk. why is that? i want to bring in now psychiatrist alvin poissant who cowrote with bill cosby a book called "come on people on the path from victim to victors." i love the title. thank you for joining us and spending your saturday evening with us. what is your message to african-americans. >> thank you. >> after the george zimmerman verdict and how do we move on from here? >> well, the message is that we have to deal with the fact that trayvon martin was traumatic for a lot of people in the black community because it made them understand and appreciate all of the racial profiling they've had and made them feel very, very vulnerable. i think people have to understand that it is not just like we they're as news. it is like it upsets us inside and makes us afraid. so i think we have to -- we have
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to recognize that. at the same time, we know we have to move on. it also reminds us there is still a lot of racism in america. and hot spots for it that we still have to deal with. i think one of the problems, don, is when you start talking about what black people can do to help themselves and how they should work on this and work on that, people then attack that as if you are saying there is no structural racism. there is no institutional racism. that is not true. it is not either/or but both of those things. there is institutional racism and as the president said you have to have black people working hard, struggling to get ahead to be successful and their parents have to join in that and the community has to join in that and that is also very key. if you're weak, if you're weak because you don't have an education or you don't have good psychological makeup because of the way you were raised, you are
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not going to be an effective fighter, someone who can continue to advance black people and attack the ongoing institutional racism in america. >> i saw some people, there was some discussion. i didn't actually see the program, some discussion about respectability, politics or something like that. it reminded me of what my dad would say to my mom and it would just infuriate her. my mom had her masters degree and fts woring toward a doctorate because she had three kids. she had her masters degree. my dad was a high school graduate, pipe fitter at a plant and a mechanic. he would say to her, sometimes smart people are some of the dumbest people i know. so if someone's car was broken down, he wouldn't sit and talk about the history of cars. this particular car we have to look back. he would just look and go oh, your spark plugs are broken. you want to get this car started your spark plugs are broken. we shouldn't sit around and talk about the history of all of
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those things. yes that is true but sometimes you just need to get the car started. doctor? >> well, i think that the analogous kind of thing is a young person or an old person seeing themselves solely as a victim. >> right. >> without any control over their lives. that is a real problem. people internalize being a victim and say, well, there is nothing i can do. in fact, i can do anything that i want and there is nothing i can do to get out of my situation. that creates feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and apathy and then change doesn't take place and in fact a lot of people who think that way can become very self-destructive in the things that they do and not take the high road. i think that's one of the things bill and i talked about in the book is you have to try to take the high road though people are trying to do you in, put you down, could be the white community and sometimes people in your own community but you have to stand up and not give up
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hope. that hope is key because i think, in fact, a lot of the homicide we talk about and the suicides have to do with feelings of hopelessness and ongoing feelings of worthlessness among black people. we're not over all of those feelings of inferiority that have been institutionalized in america. they confront us continually. what happened to trayvon martin is kind of symbolic in another way because even though it's not a killing, there are black middle class folks, black doctors, professional people, and people in business who in their own institutions experience racial profiling, racial rejection, it's more subtle, but there is still a glass ceiling. >> yes. >> and so what it reminds us is that this is still something that is integral to america that we have to continue to work on in a very serious manner. >> we do. and just real quickly here, because i need to move on, i
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have to get other headlines. i have time issues here. this is your life's work, tim wise. so as you go around to different organizations, different classrooms, different sim pose yums or whatever, you smart people, you're one of the smart people who i believe is not done. how do you see, what do we need to do next? where do we go from here? >> well, i think it's fine to have a conversation about personal responsibility, but let's not forget that we also have collective responsibility. and as a nation we have not done enough to address both the history and the contemporary reality of racism. i believe in personal responsibility. i'm a dad. i got two girls. you know, i preach that as a father all the time. but at the same time, my kids as daughters, right, have a very high likelihood of facing sexism and institutional patriarchy at some point in their lives. i have to prepare them for that and challenge society around sexism and all i'm saying to white folks when i go around the country is while black folks and brown folk are dealing with
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their stuff because they got stuff they got to deal with. we all got a couple nickels in the quarter so to speak. we have to fight the systems of inequality and discrimination that continue to put certain folk at a disadvantage. that is what justice demands. that is what the promise of this country requires of us. >> right. thank you. we lost a shot there but thank you very much. tim, the conversation continues. this isn't the last conversation. send an e-mail. we'll talk about something else next. next major flooding across a big portion of the united states. people in 12 states in danger of high water right now. i'll show you a wide area of the south that's already been hit and is back in the threat zone again. [ male announcer ] it's a golden opportunity to discover the heart-pounding exhilaration beyond the engineering. ♪ come to the golden opportunity sales event to experience the precision handling of the lexus performance vehicles,
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a massive man hunt continues to intensify in idaho. federal and local search teams are looking for james dimaggio who is suspected of killing two
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cases? leading the charge is former united states congressman alan west. west wrote this. on a facebook post on wednesday. he said, three 15-year-old black teens beat up a 13-year-old white kid because he told school officials they tried to sell him drugs. do you hear anything from sharpton, jackson, the naacp, stevie wonder, jay-z, liberal media, or hollywood? cat got your tongues or is it that pathetic hypocrisy revealing itself once again? y'all just make me sick. let me bring in antiracism activist again and author tim wise and attorney ebony kay williams. tim, i want to start with you. what do you make of allen west's comments? >> well, you know, it's what somebody who doesn't have work and is looking for attention says. what he ignores of course about the difference, let's say and conservatives generally have ignored about the difference between this and the killing of trayvon martin which they've tried to analogize it to, a couple things. number one, these individuals were arrested.
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george zimmerman was not for 46 days. number two, no one is bringing on the guys who committed this crime to try to let them justify their explanation the way -- justify their actions the way sean hannity did with george zimmerman. no one on the left, no one in the civil rights community is trying to justify what they did. they all admit it was a horrible thing. whereas people on the right have spent the better part of a year justifying george zimmerman's actions, trashing trayvon martin's memory, trying to dig up everything he ever did wrong to suggest that he had it coming. so this comparison that allen west is making and the charge of hypocrisy is absurd when you look at the way right wing media and commentators handled the last year with regard to trayvon martin and george zimmerman. >> so, do you think that maybe leaders should come out and say hey listen. this is behavior you should not be doing? you're saying they are not condoning it. >> that is obvious. they were arrested. no one condoned it. i don't think any time a crime happens anyone needs to stand up and say that is terrible. it goes without saying.
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the difference is when trayvon martin was killed there were folks suggesting there was no crime no foul. he had done nothing wrong. no one in the civil rights community has said that about this beating. these individuals were wrong to do what they did. they've been arrested. by the way. the cops in that town will tell you it was not apparently racially motivated. it was because this kid informed on them for selling weed. it wasn't even a racially motivated crime and has no parallel to the killing of trayvon martin although it was a horrible event. >> yeah. i was on a conservative talk show radio show yesterday and echoed what you said. until you sort of figure out whether it is a hate crime if the kids were saying i'm going to beat you up because you're white. not that specifically but if there is any indication then people should probably speak out about the racial aspects of this. white kids beat up each other. black kids beat up each other. >> right. >> hispanic kids beat up each other. asian kids beat up each other. police have not said race was a factor in the attack. fights happen on buses all the time as i just said. catching them on camera is a fairly new thing.
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if the victim had been black, though, would we be seeing protests do you think? >> absolutely not, don. i agree with tim that this is a false analogy to even try to equate this in any way to the zimmerman, trayvon martin case. again, we haven't even one iota of evidence pointing to any type of racial motivation at all. as you said, reports have shown this was indeed a revenge motivation for getting them in trouble with school officials for selling marijuana on their alternative school premises. that is indeed the motivation we know so far. until i see a shred of evidence that connects this to any type of underlying racial bias or racial motivation i am really puzzled by the far reach that some are going to try to equate this in any way to the outrage and the public outcry we saw in the zimmerman case. >> let's talk to ebony about the bus driver. people say he should have jumped in. he may be facing some sort of back lash from this in the court system. a bus driver is a bus driver. he is not a security guard.
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i don't understand why would he face charges? >> yeah. i think that is again very misguided, don. this man is 64 years old. in fact, in some jurisdictions a man in his situation, a bus driver would be prohibited from interfering with that type of violent occurrence on his bus. i think people are looking for someone to blame in this instance. it is a horrible tragedy. the actions of these three young men is at least what they have allegedly done here seems deplorable to me and at most anyone seeing the tape but to allege this bus driver is somehow liable or responsible is very -- it is reaching once again and very misguided. >> yeah. it is disgusting to watch that tape. it's really hard. your feelings can't help but go out for the boy being beaten there. tim, i appreciate you. eboni, thank you for coming on cnn. >> thank you, don. >> dramatic moments play out in the atlanta courtroom as singer
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usher tries to hold on to custody of his children. details next. we'll talk to eboni about that as well.
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a victory for singer usher. a judge has denied a motion from the r & b star's ex-wife to get temporary custody of their children. tameka foster raymond petitioned the court after one of their two boys nearly drowned in usher's swimming pool. we have more on the drama that unfolded in court. >> reporter: an unexpected embrace between usher raymond and his ex-wife moments after a judge ruled in the singer's favor. >> dismissing the motion. >> the emergency custody hearing played out in a packed courtroom friday. first on the stand was tameka foster raymond hoping to get temporary custody of her 4 and 5-year-old sons after one of
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them nearly drowned in a pool earlier in the week. her testimony was emotional. >> i don't know if my son is going to have a brain defect. i don't know that his heart is operating correctly. i don't know that my son is going to be 100% the boy he was before this incident. >> she kept her head down as they played the 911 call in court. >> is he breathing? he breathing? he's breathing. okay. >> and at one point foster raymond became so upset the judge intervened. >> i know this is very difficult for you. >> this is ridiculous. this is ridiculous. >> all right. step down. >> thank you. >> a sharp contrast from usher who appeared calm even as he described trying to comfort his son the day of the accident. >> my son was hysterical and in the back of the ambulance. he was very irate. i did my best to calm him down.
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and help him understand what had taken place. >> rena oden, usher's and the woman who was caring for the boy monday also took the stand. the judge found her to be a competent care giver despite testimony from foster raymond saying she did not think aunt rena could handle the boys. >> i want to bring back eboni williams now. dramatic moments inside the courtroom. why do you think the judge sided with usher? >> well, there is one prevailing rule, don, where you talk about a child custody case. it is very simple. best interest of the child. what you saw was a very clear distinction in demeanor between the ex-wife mrs. tameka raymond and also usher raymond and i think the judge is certainly going to consider that. now, the emotional stakes in a child custody case are very understandable. so her breakdown is something i empathize with. from a judge's perspective, don, they have to consider who is going to be able to provide the
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most stable and most -- the best environment for the child. and also, too, this emergency hearing was based off of pretty much the isolated incident of the near drowning. the judge found that was simply an accident. the judge did not feel that usher had in any way contributed to the negligence that would have led to something like that being unreasonable or in any way usher's fault. >> eboni, some of the toughest moments to watch shall the 911 tapes from the incident. why play those in court? you saw in the video as you were talking you saw tameka raymond there, foster raymond there just -- she broke down on the stand and had to stop for a while. why play those in court? >> well, that was certainly an effort to get us to understand the heavy emotional gravity and the weight involved in this. that certainly led her i'm sure to file for this emergency hearing. however, ultimately again as the judge said in his ruling it is an accident. it's horrible. it's tragic. however, he said, no one person
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could have done any better than this aunt did in this situation. that was indeed the underlying reason for him to decide ultimately to side with usher and keep custody as it already was. >> thank you very much. we appreciate your perspective eboni williams. we'll be right back. >> thank you. you really couldn't have come at a better time.
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looking for answers to a specific question. that's the best i can put it. i am an essayist not a journalist. >> yeah. but still, people learn from food. i mean, that is what we all have to eat. >> well, there is nothing more political if you think about it. what you eat in a certain country and what you don't eat, who gets to eat and who doesn't, just the national dish or every day foods of the country, the history of that culture, the history of the world is very much on that plate. people eat what they eat for a reason. a lot of pickles or salt cured food. that indicates something about what is often a very difficult history. and people are open. if you show up and are willing to accept whatever is put in front of you, people open themselves up to you in ways that i think they don't elsewhere. i think libya was an example of
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that. >> as you're there having a meal, do they talk about benghazi? do they talk about the consulate? do they talk about gadhafi, do they talk about all of these social and political issues? >> you cannot avoid it. it is in every conversation. the same person who is practically weeping with joy biting into a western style fast food fried chicken dish will happily tell you how he danced on gadhafi's corpse or how -- you know, kids who were transformed from gamers, med students, shop keepers, or just, you know, who suddenly found themselves hardened militia members but who are essentially still kids. twa it was a real surprise to me.
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>> what does this fire? >> a rocket. home made. >> you had to have serious courage to ride around with this thing. >> why? there are a lot of home made things here. this is home made, too. this is home made. >> this one? >> this was from a helicopter. >> yes. >> we got it. >> you took it off the helicopter. >> yeah. >> and you put it on a car. >> mm-hmm. you know what this is for? you know molotov? >> basically a crossbow that fires molotov cocktails. >> and tnt sometimes. >> very interesting stuff. very interesting stuff. by the way, anthony bourdain, parts unknown, starts in a few mints here on cnn. thank you guys so much for watching. i want to thank all of my guests for coming on and i want to thank russell simmons for responding on twitter. we'll talk about that tomorrow. again, i'm don lemon at time warner center in new york. thank you so much for watching us. anthony bourdain, parts unknown, in about 15 seconds.
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for most of my life libya was a word with bad associations. libya meant gadhafi. libya meant terrorism. >> pan am flight 103 went down in a blazing fireball. >> libya meant a bad place where a comical dictator was the absolute power. nobody in libya, however, was laughing. >> explosions. >> clashes. >> in 2011 what was previously unthinkable happened. the libyan people rose up and fought for their freedom. >> heavy battles raging around the libyan capital. >> they fought like hell. >> the rebels are about to force gadhafi's complete departure. >> they recorded the whole thing on their cell phones.